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2017

Countries/territories visited: .pt, .es, .fr, .de, .ch, .at, .hu, .sk, .li, .cz, .lu, .it, .si, .hr, .ba

The New Year begins with a walk down by the Marina

Marina Albufeira

From there we go around the cliffs to the beach. There is no sign that there was a huge party here just a few hours ago.

Albufeira Beach

Time goes by with walks, visits to the cinema, showing, lots of coffee and good food.

Zoa continues to be an early riser, so I get to see a few of these:

Sunrise in Albufeira

On the 13-JAN, on the way to the first coffee of the day there is a 99% gibbous Waning still up there.

Moonshine

19-JAN For a few days we get a bitter cold wind from the North - unusual this.

6-FEB A lovely day by the beach at Baixihna, close to the Vilamoura Maina.

Baixihna Beach

And then there's the beach at Galé, sometimes with waves, sometimes not. Here it is after some rain.

After the Rain

Just up the road is a café which has this "hidden" washbasin.

Wash

And the blossom is out, as is the Borage.

Borage

As the sun comes up over the Bus Station

Albufeira Bus Station

Albufeira with a rough sea, from the port.

Albufeira from the Sea

Sunday Lunch with Zoa. Where's the beef?

Sunday Lunch

Flowers Flowers

Flowers

And a fellow past-camper takes us out for fish. Yumm

Lunch with Maria

4-MAR We leave Albufeira having said goodbye and take the motorway.

Spain

Stopping for a fill-up in Sevilla we then drive down the coast, not pretty until we find a spot to park at Conil. Several other vans there, but the Spaniards are stil celebrating Carnival, so none too quiet.

After two night we go to Tarifa where the usual parking is no longer available, so we head to the Nature Park Beach.

Tarifa Nature Beach Parking A long line of vans and the Cafés are not yet open 36.04761 5.64081

Africa can be seen

Africa!

and so too a number of happy kite-surfers.

Kite-surfers

First a dump, a fill of fresh water and diesel at a new facility

Fill-up Tarifa Black water, grey water, fresh water and diesel at a fair price 36.04762 5.64081

It's then on past The Straights

Gib Straights

and to the parking under The Rock. How much longer will this spit of land be a UK jurisdiction post-Brexit? Then there is the issue of all those Expats enjoying the sun on the Spanish coasts. "May you live in Interesting times?"

La Linea Parking A view of The Rock, especially at night compensates for a dusty parking facility. No services 36.15904 5.33901

The Rock

12-MAR around the coast to Estapona, a carpark near to the marina.

Estapona Parking Dusty and especially crowded on Sunday. 36.41380 5.16117

The mimosa is out, in huge quanties. It reminds me of Madeira.

Mimosa

The moon is still around in the morning.

Estapona Parking

Of course we have to spend some time at Cabopino, if only for Zoa to stretch his legs on the beach of a morning and meet some doggie friends. Some of whom are less than keen to be confronted with such a bouncy youngster. And who can blame them?

Cabopino Campsite Full service site. 36.41380 5.16117

All setup.

Cabopino campsite

This is what it's like in the early morning - with a flashing dog.

Cabopino in the morning

Nice flowers on the site too:

Daisies?

And the sun goes down before my sister arrives.

Bye Bye

A trip to the Caminito el Rey is overdue, so in spite of problems getting there (the road being closed and going the wrong way for 20 klicks too) it turned out to be a good day.

CDR1

CDR2

CDR The Dam

CDR4

CDR5

CDR Old and New

10-APR and it's on to Motril to meet friends and their dog for a few days, but there is work to do - a translation for the WWF - interesting.

Motril Campsite Full service site. Out of the wind, lots of kids at Easter. Nice people. 36.71812 3.51745

Zoa enjoys the beach in the evening and the morning when it's dark and the only people we meet are fishing. We go into the hills for a meal, spectacular views. Sunny and really warm.

18-APR off we go after re-fuelling, gas and shopping. Pass by a lot of hills up to Granada and then we hit the olive groves and the Spanish plateau. No rain - 32 degrees.

Next stop is Ruidera, but the campsite is closed, so we just park up - all OK. A walk around the lake for a while doesn't hurt either.

Ruidera Parking Next to a park by the lake, otherwise nothing here. Quiet 38.97410 2.88682

In the morning it is 11 degrees and real wind as we head off towards the north. Klick after klick of agriculture, no wonder small farms can't compete. Then, after Cuenca (a big town, not good access so we didn't see the cliff houses) we hit the CM 2105 - what a delight.

CM 2015

and then, even better the CM 2119

CM 2119

CM 2119 and van

Almost nobody on the road - just as I like it.

Zaragoza Parking Nothing here, but quiet - next to an amusement park. 41.61994 0.90122

A quiet night with some walks in the surrounding woodland.

The drive to the next stop is uneventful, except I didn't change the GPS, so ended up paying for a motorway.

Pamplona Parking Not too far from the northern reaches of the city, a few shops. 42.84164 1.66639

We wanted to go into the city, but the bus wouldn't take us (classic anti-canine regulations), so I had coffee instead and walked around the parking area.

The following morning we head into

France

A lot of traffic on the small roads (we decided to not take the motorway). Stock up at shops, clean Ruth and go to park at a familiar place:

Ondres Parking Now €8 with toilets (I use the café after coffee), waste disposal and electricity if you get here early. 43.57622 1.48694

Good walks on the beach during the day and in the morning as the sun comes up.

Sunrise

The Morning Run

With a stop on the beach up the coast at an even nicer place. The facilities are all closed it not being August in France - chuckle.

Above the dunes

we then go on to a sleepy French village where the stars are out and one or two shooters too.

Nieulle-sur-Seudre Aire Water services in a lovely quiet, typically French village. 45.75248 1.00210

Nice

Boys and Girls

Then across country to a free site.

Saint-Pourçain-sur-Sioule Aire Beside a river, lots of spaces = lots of vans. 46.31389 03.29509

Then to the breeder near Beaune for a few days. Vizslas galore.

1

2

As with Miloš, Zoa is not keen on cows....

Oh Dear

before on to

Germany

At the usual parking place in the city of Freiburg.

Freiburg Parking Beside a stream and 2 klicks from the town through a park. 47.99962 07.82507

Ruth gets a set of new tyres, c/o "Nunc Est bibendum" (Now let us drink!). I get some victuals too.

Yumm

I wonder if can overdose on these two?

How advanced these people are.

Electric rent-a-car

Beside the flat river in the morning.

Walkies

And the local cathedral is now ready for the Annual Nun's Bungiejump.

Bungie

The rain comes, so what to do?

Sunflowers

The city has a bridge for cyclists and a garage too, with a bar and all mod cons.

Bikes

On 1-MAY the kids get a treat while the workers have a meeting with sausages and bier.

Play

On this road up from Freiburg to the Black Forest

Black Forest

And past the Titisee onto the Schluchsee

Schluchsee

Then into

Switzerland

To see my boys, friends and have the eyes fixed. Near the Vet there is a Wisteria Tree

Wisteria Tree

And above Stäfa there is a great view of the Alps

Dog and Alps

Morning

And after two eye operations and meeting a number of friends it's off again, this time to

Austria

With a long drive to Innsbruck where there is a long traffic jam due to it being a holiday and the Bremer Pass is bump-to-bumper. Still no real problems, we pass through Kitzbuhel and on to Mittersil where we spend two nights before being moved on

Mittersil Parking Nice parking, but not actually allowed - I saw the sign the following day. We were asked to move on, which we quickly did. 47.27886 12.47597

We stop for coffee and are delighted to see this sign:

Welcome Woof!

Then a lovely drive through the valleys to an old mining community.

Vorderberg Parking A couple of spaces with services (water and electricity - payable) beside the water and the road 47.48494 14.99160

One of the largest rack railway engines ever made.

Vorderberg Railwqy

And Zoa gets to play with another Vizsla.

Doggie Fun

And then a time-out near Vienna and a visit to the Myra Falls

Falls 1

Falls

Whoosh

A number of weeks recovering from the effects of the eye operations near Vienna with a good friend and then it's off to

Hungary

I think the French built the roads here about 30 years ago. Shaken not stired. We take the main road and then some side roads to Lake Balaton.

Balaton Tourist Campsite On the lake, flat, nice. 46.88110 17.75452

Beside the Lake

Lake Balaton

Then a (relatively) short drive to Budapest.

Arena Campsite Out of the way and full of vans and caravans from Ireland - not your usual campers. Good services, poor Wifi and unsteady electrical current. 46.88110 17.75452

I haven't been here since 1974 when I drove a red Volksporsche with a Swiss musician (Willy Roth) to the city. We stayed in a tourist hotel. There was a great deal of pollution from 2-stroke cars, Skoda, Wartburg and some Trabis. The place was mostly grey, few bright colours. The only entertainment we could find - apart from restaurants was the hotel's night club - full of Russian officers.

Budapest

Zoa

bridges

Cover 1

Cover 2

The journey continues across Hungary with large fertile fields, two-lane roads stuffed with trucks passing through villages with somewhat neglected housing, to

Slovakia

By way of a narrow backroad we go close to Kosiçe where I had been 15 years back.  I had forgotten a few things about this country: 1)Bad roads 2)Loudspeakers in the villages 3)Romany ghettos and finally 4)well-funded churches. Still, the countryside is rolling hills and flat river valleys.

We travel up and down and eventually find a secluded campsite.

Levoca Dolina Campsite All grassy site between large trees. Very quiet. €15 49.05048 20.58655

Levoka

Then up to the Tatra hills where there is a large skiing area which in Summer is full of kids going for a walk.

Tatra

Dog with Tatra

A very isolated campsite is a good place to rest, except the awning is blown onto the roof and exiting the site has to be done backwards because the stones on the track are too dry and the path too steep. Still, it worked.

Dobra Luca Campsite Along a single-track road in the hills. Nudist. Lots of farm animals run by a friendly Dutch couple. Large area for vans. A difficult exit path on gravel. €17 per night. 48.45605 19.24211

In The Hills

Then via Bratislava, with lunch overlooking the Danube.

Bratislava

Then back into

Austria

Wiener Neustadt Statium Parking   Nothing here, a bit noisy because of the through-traffic. 47.82156 16.25629

Then a few days in the area before going on towards Salzburg, but with a stop for a walk in the hills at Gmunden.

Gmunden Cable Car Parking Underneath the cable car. Not officially allowed but ticket staff said people do stay the night. Toilets 47.91246 13.80852

Gmunden Cable Car

And in the evening a storm brews.

Then we pass by Salzburg into

Germany

We take a brief pause beside the Chiemsee.

Chiemsee

And then into the hills for a walk

Schliersee Parking Great location beside the lake. Unfriendly collector of the filthy Luca. 47.66648 11.88851

Spitzingsee

Ruth needs a few bits and pieces, so we head to Bad Waldsee.

Hymer Service Parking No services. There used to be free electricity, but, no more. Wifi in the showroom during working hours. 47.92741 09.75831

It turns out we couldn't get any of the bits we need because they all have to be ordered, so on for a visit to the Celtic settlement at Heuneburg (circa 2'500 years back) where the wheat is being harvested and a number of birds of prey are circling for any loose mice.

We then spend a night in the middle of Messkirch, not a great site.

Messkirch Parking Public WC. Noisy during the day close to supermarkets. 47.9935 9.11496

I decide we could go to see the castles, so spend a couple of nights not too far away at Wald which is classic Bavarian countryside with good walks through the woods. (im Wald in Wald.)

Wald Parking Public WC. Noisy during the day close to supermarkets. 47.723 10.5638

Wald

Then we get to see the two castles and museum

Old Castle

Work in Progress

before crossing into

Austria

To take the hilly (if not mountainous) route back to the Rhine where we stay for a night in

Liechtenstein

A parking in the midddle of Vaduz

Vaduz Parking Just a car park. 47.1286 9.52384

Before visiting good friends and parked up for the night at their place in

Switzerland

After which it's back to Zurich and 3 nights with my son up in the Alps at Churwalden

Pradafenz Campsite This place is the pinacle - and one pays for it. 46.77695 9.54114

Long walk during which Zoa gets buzzed by a cow fence and belts out a lot of unhappyness. The weather is changeable which is a relief after exceedingly hot days.

Dustin

Gondelbahn

Churwalden

Back in Zurich I meet my other son and an old friend for lunch too before heading back to

Germany

Breisach Parking Simple right beside the river Rhine. Wifi (not free) from the French side. Close to the weir. 48.02972 7.57539

Breisach

Many years ago I was involved in a programme to support research in universities by allowing a discount on Vax computers. For this I was in Italy with a delightful man called Bernini. He introduced me to Ruccola which I understood to be difficult to cultivate. On the banks of the Rhine it grows wild.

ruccola

As we walk into the village, a resident is cutting his grass - and the pungent smell of Ruccola fills the air - delightful!

The route then goes up to the Black Forest and down to the ancient Celtic settlement at Huenenburg again where we spend a quiet night.

Huenenburg Site Parking No services but a magical place. 48.09458 9.40796

Heunenburg

A number of things need to be bought so we head back to Bad Waldsee for a night at the Erwin Hymer Museum

Hymer Museum Parking No services but a pleasant café with friendly staff. No Wifi. 47.93699 9.76120

Erwin Hymer Museum

The following day it's a tour of the factory for me while Zoa sweats it out in the van. It all begins with a CNC machine cutting out the bits of compressed wood, rolls of aluminium and a FIAT chassis.....

Hymer1

Hymer2

Hymer3

Hymer4

 

Switzerland

Directly to Arbon

Arbon Harbour Parking No services but there is the "Wunderbar" which has Wifi too. 47.51306 9.43960

to the Open Air Cinema to meet son Dustin and watch a teenager flick with the rest of the ghost community.

Storm Brewing

Ghosts watching the Film

And as sure as the sun rises...

Arbon Harbour

Then to Zurich to spend a few days with a good friend and also get to go to the movies as well as swim in the lake. On the road again back to Arbon before heading to

Germany

Nurnberg for a quiet overnight stay next to a huge park.

Nurnberg Parking No services. 49.42327 11.10641

Nurnberg

The mobilehome carpark in Leipzig is close to an old villa with folly and a pond.

Leipzig Parking No services. 51.28573 12.38237

We go an walk to the "Volkermorddenkmal" and take some pictures, what a mammoth it is - imposing.

Volker Monument

Dresden Parking No services. Officially a grill location. 51.06331 13.72904

Dresden

Elbe River

It is pretty warm these days, we walk along the river and into the city for coffee. The old Robotron building has been almost completely demolished.

Robotron

After 3 nights we leave and go to

Czech Republic

After a visit to Decin we decide not to stay, the campsite is in between two bridges and very noisy, so we drive beside the Elbe river to Hrensko and cross back into

Germany

Where we go to a lovely tourist sport - The Bastei.

The Bastei

A real parking rip-off!

The ACSI book shows a campsite next to a lake and we drive there.

Lauchhammer Campsite A very nice site with all the facilities but both the Wifi and Electricity has to be paid for extra. A lovely beach as well as an FKK beach and one for dogs too. 51.50740 13.66858

A number of holiday homes as we walk around the lake. The lake is the remains of a brown coal site.

Lauchhammer

Then on to Magdeburg to "Die Kirche" - a restaurant.

Kirche

Kirche

What a great use for a church - they should all be like this, or Youth Hostels, or Bike Repair workshops, or .....

We also get to see the massive canal bridge, over the Elbe, built since the Berlin wall was dismantled.

Canal Overview

Canal

This is the same concept as the one over the Loire at Briare. Of course technology has changed and the modern construction doesn't have the same elegance as engineering used to insist on back in the day.

Canal Parking Calvörde A small harbour on the canal, Electric and toilets/showers 52.38376 11.30053

A quiet place, run by the local club. Good walks alongside the canal. Then it's onwards to Perleberg.

Perleberg Parking Nothing here, but free, close to the town. 53.08076 11.86255

A rather pleasant old town which, as much of Eastern Germany, fell into disrepair under the communist regime. So much money has been poured into the "New Bundesländer" that things are largely back to normal now.

Perlberg

We walk around this old town - pretty and relaxed, and then head over to the History Museum of the DDR where I have a lot of discussion with the very helpful pair who run it. Gisela and Hans-Peter Freimark. Well worth a visit. It is necessary to keep the system in people's minds and retain the information as to how it was for 40 years.

DDR Museum

So much to discuss, how bad it was because the initial expectations were so high, but the leaders (many of whom still figure in public life) went for power and ended up destroying the whole concept. I much enjoyed hearing from Gisela and Hans-peter. They are doing the very best they can to keep the facts alive and even to expand their work to include other failures going back to the 1800s. Goodness knows what will happen when they pass on.

FDJ

Then after coffee and Wifi at the usual place we spend a few nights parked up beside the river, for morning bike rides, etc...

Wittenberge Parking Beside the Elbe. €7.5 per night, electric, showers extra. Watch out for the "Hafenmeister" - he collects the fees! 52.99115 11.74325

Beside the Elbe

Hitzacker Parking Free parking close to the village. Free toilets. 53.14967 11.05041

Nice Sunrise

Nice Moon

Baby Stock

And then there are far too many poppies....

puzzle

Stover Strand Mobilehome Parking €12.5 per night with toilets. Wifi €3 per day 53.42421 10.29059

This a great site for walks along the riverbank in the morning as the sun rises.

The Elbe

Geese after Takeoff

Onwards to see if the Grossensee is interesting.

ABC Camping Gossensee (ACSI) €25 per night (ouch) with all the services and Wifi, friendly receptionist. ENglish language student.    

and we discover it isn't such a great place, especially in the rain and there isn't a walk around the lake, just up to the woods. So then it's on to Hamburg, but we discover a lot of the roads are blocked - it is the Summer after all, so we end up back beside the Elbe, next to a ferry terminal.

Hoopter Parking Free, no services 53.39480 10.17354

Hoopter

Sunset

31-AUG and it's on to Wolfsburg, but decide against going to see the car museum again. Still we do walk around the stadium and end up parked up a bit further on.

Wolfsburg Parking   Free, no services. This is a carpark near to the Sports Center. Some lorries also parked up. 52.43827 10.81091

Arena

Then it's time to go and look at the German whose name is - Herman. The Hermansdenkmal.

Hermannsdenkmal

Hermann

The night is spent beside a lake in Paderborn

Lippesee (Paderborn) Parking   Free, no services 51.76021 08.67824

Lippesee

Möhnesee Parking   Free, no services 51.49129 08.12555

Swim

After an early morning swim we take a look at the dam.

The Dam

Death

Result

Then onwards towads Bonn, as Garmin decides to go on strike.

Unkel Parking Free, services 50.59865 07.21787

We then find a nice spot for the night - free of course.

The Rhine again

Time for a bit of a play.

Zoa at play

Then from Koblenz it is up the Mosel, the German part which is very pretty with a lot of older bikers. I really easy ride even up river. Finally arriving at a very scruffy Camper van parking.

Pünderich Parking €7.5 plus electric. 50.04362 07.12553

Parking

Morning walk

Then we visit Schengen in

Luxemburg

Where it is raining, but a few photos nonetheless.

Schengen beginnings

I am a very pro-European - which includes the idea and reality of the EU.

A bit wet in Schengen

No UK flag - why is that?

Then into

France

For a night at Millery

Millery Parking   No services 48.8159 06.12701

And on the way south we visit Colline de Sion and see this fellow - the famous Joe

Joe of Sion

who has this terrific view.

Sion view

Sion Maria

Sion Coffee

Coffee before we head to friends further south at L'Etang Joli

Joli

I get to help repairing the roof on a hut.

The Roofer

"If I had a Hammer..."

And we even complete the job.

One

Two

Then we are off back to

Germany

to have a few things fixed on Ruth before another visit to

Switzerland

Where after some rain the weather improves and we go for a Sunday walk beside the lake.

Sunday Dog

Sunday Master

I get to see frinds and family and go to the cinema.

Sonnenberg

Then it's off to Ticino, where Ruth the van gets a couple of hose downs meaning we spend time indoors, but we have been so lucky with the weather this summer. I see the place I installed VMS for the second VAX/780 system in Switzerland has lost both the boss - Dr. Lombardi and his right-hand man Ballabio this year.

Locarno Camper Van Parking   Nominally SFr. 1 per hour, but I thought this was a rip-off. No services and the area was flooded. In the general area there is on-road parking for SFr. 3 per day and free overnight and at weekends. 46.16044 08.80138

We then spend a night in the Manor carpark, free and close to the river for walks.

Manor Supermarket Parking No Services 46.16276 08.77631

Then it's on to

Italy

Around the Lake Maggiore, what a very pleasant Autumn drive it is, even if the road is a tad narrow in places.

Tenate Camper Van Parking €10 for the night including electricity. 45.77890 08.69820

Sunny Italy

Happy Dog

There is also indoor boule for both old and young.

Boule

Then it's onward to Lake Garda for the night

Campeggio del Garda Campsite Expensive, but all facilities including a swimming pool, or three. 45.44834 10.69886

Grda1

Sunset

Then, via Trieste into

Slovania

For a night just over the border

Miloki Bay Parking Free, porta-toilets 45.59402 13.72351

The Bay

and in the evening we make

Fire

Along the coastal road to Piran, but it is impossible to find parking for a van, so onwards to

Croatia

Pula Stoja Campsite This is on its own penninsular, full services. 44.85961 13.81470

Lunch at Gina's

Lunch

and some sightseeing

The Romans

Two

We then leave for the coastal route southwards for food at Mika's before

The Coast

and the ferry

Ferry 1

Ferry 2

Strasko Campsite A really good site - a favourite 44.54066 14.88191

The rain and thunderstorm is impressive - but we survive.

Bye Bye Sun

Then it's onwards down Pag island

Pag View

And to Zadar to see the Sea Organ and the Sun Greeting

Sea Organ

Sun Greeting

And further down to Primosten at a campside beside the sea.

Adriatik Primosten Campsite It used to feel better here, but still none too bad, all facilities. 43.60581 15.92135

We have rain again as we take the road further south, past Togir and Split to

Male Ciste Campsite A well-tended site, all facilities, small, beside the sea - all white chips. 43.16763 17.20715

Male Cista

20-SEP And into

Bosnia

From the fertile coastal area, up to the falls at Kravica

Falls

Happy Camper

And on to Mostar, with a very expensive night at

Hotel Kapetanovina Parking Small with a view of the bridge. 43.33609 17.81422

Bridge

Man at Bridge

Food near Bridge

Below Bridge

Man jumps from Bridge

And, there is wailing during the day - and night - sometimes a duet. The route then continues down alongside the river to the fort at Capljina for coffee and a long, lovely drive through sparse mountains with burnt bushes via Stolac, Poplat and Ljubinje. Then lunch in Trebinje

Trebinje Old Town

and a back and sides with a side dish of inexpensive diesel, before heading back into

Croatia

For several night at Kat'e place in Mlini.

Kate's Campsite Simple with sunshine. It has the advantage of price and a grand way to keep fit by walking down to, then up from the beach. 42.62415 18.20753

Campsite

Mlini Beach

This includes a trip by boat into Dubrovnik with a delicious fish lunch and ice cream.

Fish

Dubrovnik

We leave the port in this old Brittany Ferry

Dubrivnik

Maybe this can isn't too safe, otherwise why would they have included this section?

Larf

Larf2

Italy

by Ferry and as we approach the harbour in Bari we see the burnt-out ferry which was such a disaster in 2014 in which 9 people died and 19 are still missing.

Norman Atlantik

Pino Di Lenne Beach Parking Scruffy public beach site with early morning fishermen. The approach road is very bumpy. 40.50393 17.01520

Beach Parking

In the distance is the Oil Refinery at Taranto

Sunrise and Oil Refinery

Full House

Down the coast we come across a campsite where I can save on the washing.

Pizzo Greco Campsite Scruffy but not expensive off-season. Nice hot showers. 38.92210 17.12408

Hello

After rain the cliffs have changed somewhat.

Slide

And, it's eggs again

Eggies

2-OCT

Now off down the peninsular to the ferry over to Messina

Ferry

Ferry 2

where we make a wrong turn and get stuck in Italian traffic. They come at you from every which way here, and as for lane discipline, well many of the drivers here are just basically children. After a long day we arrive at Giardini Naxos.

Eden Parking Scruffy and they have put up their prices, now €7 per night - still there is now gravel all over, so no longer full of muddy pools. 37.82193 15.26725

Eden Parking

There is rain and then some more rain. However, if I walk my 10'000 steps I certainly end up with a warm body - why is this?

And, because of the rain I decide Ruth could do with a wash, so, in the rain I do just that. Oh, and Zoa gets a "most welcome" wash too. Haha.

Then it's full moon time.

Moon and Etna

Etna and Moon

And the sun rises from the other direction.

Etna beach

One of the local residents

Bowl Hound

And I decide I should attempt to cook (well fry in Olive Oil) the small fish so off I trudge to the local fisheria...

The Fish Shop

The Ladies - they clean the fish for you

My upcoming supper:

Yumm!

Sicilian innovation:

Water anyone?

It's Tuesday so we move on to order a new freezer door, have Brompton fixed as part of their recall operation - the bottom bracket in Catania, shopping at IKEA - biscuits, well crispbread, and Lidl for doggie treats and some other victuals. As the sun is setting we arrive in Marina di Ragusa.

Municipal Parking None too cool. noisy de to the dogs and afactory in the viscinity. Voluntary contribution, small in my case. Simple shower, washing machine, electricity and watter - all types. 36.77843 14.54680

Ragusa Sunrise

Won't be staying there again. We walk into the village and visit the marina where we stayed one night in 2011. Onwards to

Luminoso Campsite Still and excellent site, own toilet and only €8 per night, Wifi €15 for the month and electricity at € 0.35 for the Kilowatt. 36.81684 14.46599

Delivery every day of bread, fruit and veg and fish. We go off to the beach nearby for a long walk most mornings.

The Long Beach

Luminoso at Night

A mystery house on the long beach.

Cab Housing

Foreboding clouds

Evening clouds

And the wind comes and goes.

Blowing

And a fine fishy meal with friends....

Michelle and Roberto

Yumm

Hard Life Picture

What?

And there is a visit to the Vale of Templi in Agrigento.

One

Two

Three

And after the rain on the beach.

Punto Braccetto

And so, the year ends on Sicily with sunshine, but also some strong winds.


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